Cherry praised it. Said that it is a way to send a "don't mess with me" message and that John Ferguson used to do that all the time.
Yup, pretty annoying to hear him say this too. If it was the other way around we'd never hear the end of how dirty it was. Also, not surprising that we didn't hear him say anything about that brutal dive by Chara.
As for Eller, he deserved the penalty but it would've been nice to see Chara get one too, he deserved it.